Zombie Cliche Lookout: Brief Respites
Drama lives on peaks and valleys. You can’t maintain high tension all the time, or it just gets boring. You can’t just constantly dump on a character without them becoming unrealistic and unsympathetic. The goods and the bads, the highs and the lows, work with each other. A low feels much lower when a character is coming down from a high, just as a triumph becomes more important after slogging through failure. This is true in any story, from a Victorian-era romance to a zombie survival horror story (or a Victorian-era zombie survival horror romance, if you will).
Remember Rambo: First Blood Part II? Rambo managed to get a bit of a love interest, the mission was going well. And then things went downhill. It’s almost as if the writers gave Rambo someone to love, only so that they could later take it away. That makes for a rough day for Rambo.
About this Episode:
I had a heck of a time photographing this episode. There are a lot of bright and dark areas, which made a good image tough to come by.
Last time I shot a scene in this elevator, I shot it with a flashlight above to try out a lighting effect. However, it seemed like a lot of people didn’t dig it, so this time I tried to make it more natural. Let me know which you think looks better.
Discussion Question: A Question of Morale
The zombie apocalypse isn’t going to be a lot of fun. I know, that’s a surprise to a lot of you who dream of eating MREs and shooting zombies in the face with exotic firearms. That’s all well and good, but what about the downsides? Losing loved ones, for instance. With that in mind, what do you do to keep up your own morale? What about your group’s mood?